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13 May 2020 Update

All Regulations made by the Welsh Ministers under the 1984 Act, and Directions made under the 2020 Act, have legal force. Emergency Regulations that have been made under the 1984 Act impose obligations on individuals and businesses that must be complied with, and a failure to do so is an offence punishable by a fine. The Regulations contain the requirements and restrictions designed to contain coronavirus. These include the following:

  • requiring people in Wales to stay at home unless they have a reasonable excuse (which includes travelling to work unless home working is not reasonably practicable, exercising and shopping for food)
  • requiring certain businesses and premises (including bars and restaurants, save to the extent that they may provide take away food and drink) in Wales to close.
  • requiring hotels, holiday parks and camping sites to close, subject to certain exceptions (mainly related to preventing homelessness)
  • imposing specific restrictions on places of worship, cemeteries and crematoriums in relation to funerals
  • requiring reasonable measures to be taken to maintain a physical distance of 2 metres while working in Wales
  • requiring local authorities and national park authorities in Wales to close beauty spots and certain other areas of land and footpaths
 Further information from Angling Cymru
Angling is now permitted as a form of exercise [by walking or cycling] in Wales but under strict regulations:
STAY LOCAL: You can drive to go fishing but only locally, go the shortest distance, use common sense.
STAY SAFE:Maintain safe distancing, sanitise hands regularly, avoid dangerous fishing venues or where you cannot maintain safe distancing.
STAY LEGAL: Fish alone or with one other household member, no fishing in closed areas of land or property, no boat fishing, no overnight fishing.
From Wales Online

t has been confirmed that angling in Wales is allowed under current regulations.

First Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed in Wednesday's Plenary that angling is allowed under the new lockdown laws but only locally.

While it is permitted, the Welsh Government continues to encourage people to stay home.

In response to conflicting information regarding whether fishing was currently permitted, the First Minister said: "As far as angling is allowed, it is allowed under our current regulations, the ones that were passed into law on Monday (April 11), but it must be done locally and people must observe social distancing.

"Here in Wales, we are encouraging people to stay home. That is the best way in which we can help one another to overcome this crisis. That's why we're all making the sacrifices that we are.

"But people are allowed now to leave their homes more than once a day for exercise, and if your way of taking exercise is to walk from your home to a river and to sit there, not near other people, and to go fishing, then that is allowed within the rules in Wales.

Who can I go fishing with?

As with any other form of exercise, it must be done alone or with another household member.

"Our laws are clear that you must exercise alone or with members of your household," says the advice on the Welsh Government website.

Angling Cymru also advise people to sanitise hands regularly and avoid dangerous fishing venues or those where you cannot maintain safe distancing.

No boat fishing, overnight fishing or fishing in closed areas of land or property are permitted.

Where can I go fishing?

The advice on the Welsh Government website confirms that exercise should only be done locally and this is the case for fishing.

"To reduce the risk of spread of coronavirus exercise must also be done within an area local to home," reads the Welsh Government's guidelines.

"Exercise should not, therefore, involve going a significant distance from home and our advice is that exercise should start and finish from home."

Common sense is also encouraged when it comes to the definition of local, as "what people perceive to be 'local' in Cardiff on the one hand, and in Mid Wales on the other, could be quite different".

Speaking about it in the Plenary, the First Minister said: "'Local' means the common and everyday understanding of what 'local' is. Our advice to people in Wales is stay home: stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.

"That's been our message for the last six weeks and it's our message now. So, if you are leaving your home for exercise or for other purposes, stay local, because by staying local you stay safe."

It remains unclear whether or not fishing lakes are allowed to reopen. Repeated efforts to contact the Welsh Government on this matter were unsuccessful.

Can I drive to go fishing?

On their website, Angling Cymru said: "You can drive to go fishing but only locally - the shortest distance you can. If you live in Newport, you fish in Newport. Use common sense."

That mirrors the Welsh Government regulations which say exercise should be done locally.

Mr Drakeford said: "It's not an invitation to jump in your car and drive somewhere else to do things that you could do just as easily on foot and from home.

Act now to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)
It's up to all of us to slow the spread of COVID-19. To do this, everyone must practise social distancing and avoid social gatherings. Stay up to date with information about keeping yourself and people around you safe.
Marina News
We are all having to adjust to a new way of living without our fix of fishing and boating, although we all agree that everyone's health and wellbeing at this time is much more important.  The marina lock gates have been closed and marina services curtailed because of the virus. We can still get down to the boats taking all the recommended precautions to check them over and empty the biges etc.We knoe these changes are limiting our fishing etc., and we will all need to do our very best to adjust. We will continue to update you as things change. Together, we can do this and get back to our sport of fishing as soon as possible.
Unfortunately you cannot fish in Wales (or the wider UK) until further notice due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
CEFAS have confirmed angling is NOT a permitted activity/exercise.
Our advice is to stay home and stay safe - the fish will still be there when this is all over!

A dedicated Covid-19 resource hub for anglers, clubs, fisheries and other angling organisations has been set up by The Angling Trust

Coronavirus Message from the Commodore
With the PM latest announcement it is clear that we cannot have any more Club Nights in the foreseeable future. It is also obvious that we should not be using either of the boats for the immediate future. We should also prohibit the use of the club Minibus for the present. We are experiencing cancellations on holiday bookings for the chalet and that affects all our income streams. Our finances are such that unlike most businesses we can weather this storm and will emerge without too much long term damage.

This of course brings the activities of the MMBFC to a standstill but we will come out of this and things will return to normal, eventually. We as a Committee will continue to run the Club and manage its financial matters albeit at a distance to one another. Members will no doubt continue fishing but perhaps the emphasis now will be small groups and Coastal Fishing. Please remember to post your activities on facebook and if any have news or ideas that they wish to get out to our larger Community please do so through Trevor.
Phil Gavey

Like many organisations, we’re closely monitoring the risks associated with coronavirus. The most important thing is for us to take care of our members and not to do anything that puts us - or those around us - at risk.

This means:

  • Every angler should be following NHS and Public Health England advice on hand washing and other hygiene measures, as well as how to recognise the symptoms of and what to do if you suspect you have the coronavirus, or have been in contact with someone who has. For events MMBFC organises, such as members meetings, club nights and committee meetings have been postponed until further notice. Regarding the use of our club boats for fishing trips we will consider each trip on a case by case basis whether these can go ahead or not.
  • We have increased the surface cleaning of our boats and provided hand sanitisers onboard. Weighing scales and measuring rulers will be sanitised after each use. Sanitise hands after using such equipment. A bucket or box may be used to collect trip donations rather than handing money over to the skipper.
  • Where appropriate, members should carry on fishing and encourage others to do so. Fishing gets people out into the fresh air and away from crowded, indoor situations where infections are more likely to spread. However, we need to be vigilant and take precautions to minimise the risk to ourselves and others, so follow the official advice and adapt your fishing accordingly.
  • When shore fishing fish in small family groups. If fishing individually ensure there is a clear space (at least 2m) between anglers, to avoid contact. Avoid hand shaking. Do not share fishing tackle and sanitise tackle after use. Do not allow the general public to come close and chat.
  • We everyone involved in our sport to regularly keep up to speed with government advice on the virus here
  • COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus
    Stay at home if you have either:
    1] a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
    2] a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly
    IMPORTANT: Therefore, please DO NOT do not go fishing if you have either of these symptoms.
  • Your Age
    Currently, Coronavirus appears to have more significantly damaging health outcomes for elder people. If you are over 70 please do not attend fishing events or competitions.
  • Your Health
    If you are over 70 please do not attend fishing events or competitions. NHS advice says that you may be at a particularly high risk of getting seriously ill with Coronavirus “if you have had an organ transplant and are taking immunosuppressant medicine,, are having chemotherapy or radiotherapy, have blood or bone marrow cancer (such as leukaemia), have a severe chest condition, such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma or have another serious health condition.

Please take care and we look forward to seeing again when this is all over.

MMBFC Committee